Former PM Bruce Golding Speaks at Town Hall Meeting in Atlanta
Atlanta, Ga: On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Grace Kennedy CEO Mr. Don Wehby and Western Union VP Sean Mason, entered the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center to over 300 guests, comprised of various Caribbean nations. In attendance, was the Who’s Who of the Atlanta, including representatives Invest Atlanta/Department of International Affairs, DeKalb County City Council, and Caribbean-American leaders living in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. The purpose of this special event was the annual Grace Kennedy and Western Union Town Hall Meeting, the topic of discussion was Caribbean Diaspora-#Borderless Possibilities.
The annual event was previously hosted in South Florida, New York, and Canada. However, this year the event moved to Atlanta, Ga, due to the rapidly growing Caribbean-American population. The Atlanta Metropolitan area has over 200,000 Caribbean-Americans including native Caribbean people and their descendants.
The Honorable Mr. Bruce Golding former Prime Minister of Jamaica was the keynote speaker. Mr. Golding spoke about the growing Caribbean-American population, the development of politics in Jamaica, United States, and steps and initiatives to connect the Caribbean region. A brief Q&A segment prompted comments from the former Prime Minister,which answered some hot-button issues, including the apathy towards other Caribbean nations such as the immigration issue between Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.
” In speaking with other leaders of Caribbean countries, the issue of immigration is important due to the growing concern that a majority of people living in those countries are not natural born citizens, which leaves the concern of cultural prosperity for the future of that country”-(Honorable Mr. Bruce Golding)
When asked about the economy and his legacy as PM, Mr. Golding stated …
“In 2007 Jamaica faced a major financial crisis, major banks in the US failed, however, no banks in Jamaica closed throughout that period, our focus shifted on keeping the economy of Jamaica stable” -( Honorable Mr. Bruce Golding)
The event was hosted by local ABC (WSBTV) news personality Mrs. Wendy Corona. Grace Kennedy and Western Union also focused it’s attention on giving back to the Diaspora, with its scholarship program. After reviving it’s popular Jamaican Birthright program in 2015, Grace Kennedy announced that applications for the 2016 period are still open in the month of June. The aim of the program is to expose second and third generation Jamaican university students to a diversified Jamaican experience through music, social activities, and professional tutelage through internships at Grace Kennedy.
Sean Mason will Western Union presented a check for $10,000.00 to the Integrity Children’s Fund, 501 C3 organization based in Atlanta, which provides opportunities to disadvantage youth in Jamaica.
Atlanta residents can take advantage of a special Western Union rate of only $5.00 when they send money to Jamaica. The Town Hall Meetings will continue in the UK during June 6-11, 2016.
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